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October 3, 2019



VOL. 66 No. 4



Last Saturday, EMU students had the opportunity to compete against each other at a sand volleyball tournament. Whether they came out to play or just watch, students enjoyed high-stakes games and conversations with friends.


Rachael Brenneman, Opinion Editor

Do we love our wilderness too much? Dolly Sods is a Wilderness Area near EMU located in the Monongahela National Forest. It boasts an ecosystem unlike any found in the surrounding area ­—more similar to Canada rather than the terrain just down the slopes by Seneca Rocks. A Wilderness Area is the second-highest protection a tract of land can receive. These lands are usually expansive, largely unmodified from their natural condition, and they prohibit permanent or significant human habitation. After being completely logged, used in war training, and constantly burned for years, Dolly Sods was officially registered as a Wilderness Area in 1975. People were excited, ready to NEWS & FEATURE

hike and experience an area where people wouldn’t be. Some weren’t so sure. To quote a master bird bander I met on Dolly Sods, “They’re going to love it to death.” I love being in the woods, looking at exciting salamanders and twisting in my car seat to get a glimpse of every deer during car rides. I connect with God by sitting on a ridge and watching the dark clouds and thunder roll in with the rain. But last week at Dolly Sods, there were over a hundred cars in the parking lot and along the old rail line. Everywhere I looked there were people camping, hiking, or posing for photos. Trails were clearly marked by trampled vegetation through the cranberry bogs and cairns dotted the stream banks. I could see a person if I looked hard enough in any direction. Continued on Page 5


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LSA HOSTS ANNUAL BANQUET Clara Weybright, Contributing Writer

The Campus Center was crowded with students, professors, and the Harrisonburg community for the Latino Student Alliance’s (LSA) annual banquet this past Friday, Sept. 27. The event celebrates the end of Latino Heritage Month and serves as an opportunity for members of the Spanish language department, the LSA club, and the broader student body to eat, dance, and listen to speakers talk about the impacts of Latin American culture on their lives. Sophomore Rachel Loyer is one of three current LSA co-presidents, along with sophomores Eric Ocaranza and Joshua Gomez. On the planning process, Loyer said, “We have the same schedule year to year, so we know where we’re going to get our food, and we always want to have a speaker […] and people willing to perform dances.” This was LSA club advisor and Parkwoods Residence Director Fabiana Espinal’s first SPORTS




“I often listen to NPR, but on Sunday morning I switch to 91.7, Mostly Mennonite, Mostly A Cappella.”

Last Friday, the James Madison University Forbes Center for the Performing Arts put on “Everybody,” a play about life, death, and God.

EMU’s soccer women fell 1-0 to the nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins on Wednesday.

year directing and organizing the LSA banquet. Students working closely with Espinal, including Loyer, noted the skill that Espinal brought to her contributions that evening. The food is one of the highlights of the event for many students, drawing people from off campus and around the dorms. “We got all the food from local restaurants,” said Loyer. “The pupusas were from El Milagro and the rice, beans, yuca, and bread were from Pollo A La Brasa, a Peruvian restaurant.” Students are expected to dress in their best attire; at the start of banquet, groups of students clustered outside to take pictures on the steps of Thomas Plaza, in front of the fountain, and by the brick walls of the campus center. The atmosphere of the evening was one of pure celebration. As people filtered into the hallway, they were met with music provided by Gomez, a currently-performing DJ and one of LSA’s co-presidents. Differing from previous

years, the banquet featured speakers first, meaning that students waited before the meal. The emcees for the evening were Gomez and senior Donaldo Lleshi. “During our LSA meeting, people suggested I should do it together with Josh since we had good chemistry,” said Lleshi. “I was honored and accepted. As emcees, we had to look closely at the agenda for the banquet and tweak some things around so the program ran smoothly.” After introductions, Vernon Jantzi spoke about his time working in Costa Rica and his experiences learning the English language as a native Pennsylvania Dutch speaker and Spanish later on in his life. He spoke of the importance of community, language, and mutual support across countries. He particularly noted the impact of one man with whom he was a conversation partner while living in Costa Rica. The culminating event of




When considering all the problems that arise because of morning classes, EMU should abolish them for the health of its students.

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This week’s Canvas page features sophomore Kate Stutzman’s photos from the Europe cross cultural.


October 3, 2019

NEWS & FEATURE T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Maha Mehanna is a Palestinian woman that was awarded the Winston Fellowship to the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). Mehanna graduated with an MA in Conflict Transformation and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship from EMU as well. On Monday, Sept. 30, Mehanna presented her capstone in the West Dining Hall, sharing the things she had accomplished during the time she spent getting her MA. The capstone started with Mehanna talking about her responsibilities and goals. She spoke of the difficulties she had been through as a woman in Palestine coming to the U.S. Mehanna believes in peace between Israel and Palestine and works with many nonprofit organizations to support her cause of building peace between the two countries. Mehanna always wanted peace in Gaza, her hometown, but it was impossible to have it due to long-term conflicts with Israel. However, she did not hate them and always felt there were people everywhere. That is when the turning point in Mehanna’s life began. “Being born under occupation and then growing up in the conflict ... as I grew up the problem kept escalating,” Mehanna said. “Just growing up with the idea [that] wherever I go Israel is the enemy and of course Palestine is the enemy for Israel, but I didn’t take it too hard.” All of Mehanna’s life she

has been against violence. “I am against what’s going on even without understanding what it does. I just wanted to be safe, I just wanted a normal life,” she said. Mehanna discussed what it was like to live in one of the biggest prisons in the world. “I went through so much in Gaza,” she said. “I faced many difficulties and challenges to be able to come here. The Arab culture is a male-dominated culture­—being female, they don’t want you to leave, and still I was fighting for my freedom and education all my life.” It was hard on Mehanna to consider a refugee in her own home. Her grandparents got their place in their homeland in 1940 and were classified as refugees ever since. “It’s really hard; we have ID cards from the UN classifying us as refugees in our own country; imagine that. All my life I felt I belonged to a land under arrest.” Mehanna was also present for three wars in the past 10 years. “It was really hard—I was about to get killed twice during the war and I lost a family member. My nephew got killed in one of the Israeli attacks; my cousin lost his limbs, our home got partially destroyed because they hit a location and our area. “It doesn’t matter when they destroy the whole neighborhood; we don’t have shelters, we don’t have warning signs, nothing.” She said that all family members gathered in what they thought was the safest room. “We prefer to die together if a missile could hit us.” Mehanna is fascinated by the ways that acts of kindness influence people. “[They] remind us how simple it is to live

peacefully if we really want to.” She began to become interested in this in 2008 when she started escorting her sick nephew to a hospital in Tel Aviv. “My nephew had a rare immune disorder and he needed a lung transplant, and for 10 years I was the only one to escort him. One of the Israeli volunteer drivers was a peace activist and they drive to Palestine. They came to the border [to] pick up Palestinian families with their sick children, take them to the Israeli hospital, and when they are done, they take them back to the border.” That is how Mehanna met her friends in the peace organization and became interested in their work. “Even before I joined, I started connecting with the Israeli people like families in the hospital; just normal people, ordinary people. I still can make this connection and I still [am] against the army. I am against the occupation. I am against all the violence they commit against the Palestinians.” Communication was the biggest theme in Mehanna’s story, and it opened the door for many answers she found. “When I communicated with ordinary people, I found people who really wanted peace, who don’t really hate us, who don’t consider us as the enemy, so the more we talked, the more we shared ideas, the more we shared our views and what we think, and some families remembered when they used to come on Saturday. They remembered the buses used to come from Tel Aviv and other different parts of Israel to Gaza for shopping and enjoying our beach, and [these were] peaceful times before 1987.” Today, Mehanna is a

Maha Mehanna presents her capstone in the West Dining Hall. Mehanna is a graduate of EMU’s CJP.

professional freelance field researcher and organizational consultant. She is also an English/Arabic translator and interpreter. She studied community development in Canada. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2018, she worked for local and international nonprofits and proprietary organizations in Gaza. Mehanna has long-time experience working with international donors that support Palestinian civil society. She is a dedicated peace and human rights activist and a member of “Other Voice,” a grassroots volunteer initiative for a civil solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is also a member of “Friendship Across Borders (FAB),” a joint peace initiative between Germans, Israelis and Palestinians that promotes peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and contributes to reconciliation

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between Germans and Jews. She is also a member of the General Assembly of Dalia Association, a Palestinian community foundation. Throughout the past few years, Mehanna has been an invited speaker and participant in peace seminars, workshops, and conferences in Palestine, Israel, Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and the U.S. She is featured in two documentary films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Ose Oyamendan’s “Bridges Over Blood/Other Voices,” and Skip Schiel’s “Gaza’s Israeli Neighbors: Other Voice,” both American films currently in production. Mehanna is not done yet. “My dream is to work for the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. I want to empower the youth, especially women. I want to make a difference in their lives I want to give them hope of a better future, and I think it’s an achievable dream.”


the evening was salsa dancing. Loyer noted that, in the past, people have been reluctant to participate in the salsa dancing. This time, however, nursing professor Laura Yoder taught salsa lessons before the dancing officially started, helping make people more comfortable. Lleshi added that he was surprised and pleased by the involvement in dancing this year in contrast with past years. The event can serve as an entry-point into participation as a club member in LSA. Abby Olmstead, a first-year and hopeful future LSA member, attended the event because she’s excited about the work that LSA is currently doing, although, she added, she didn’t have a good picture of what the event

would be like. “I thought the whole event was going to be in Spanish,” she said. As a current Spanish student interested in a Spanish minor, the event also gave Olmstead the opportunity to see teachers and conversation partners in a new setting. “[I loved] watching the conversation partners like Michael [Quezada] and Xiomara [Madrid] perform. Getting to have that time with them in conversation every week and then seeing them there [in that context] was incredible,” Olmstead said. Loyer noted that club members were instrumental in helping with the process of registering people, organizing the event, and serving the food. “People become more interested and come out [for events],” said Loyer, adding that

she wants people to know that those who are not Latinx are welcome to participate in LSA. “I think this event shows how important and fun LSA is as a club in campus and how much work and planning we actually do during our meetings,” said Lleshi. “This event appeals to the student body [and is a means] of getting to know LSA better.” As part of their work, Loyer and her co-presidents are expected to plan other events during September, Latino Heritage month. An important one was a campus worship event featuring Anton Flores, who works with people currently in the immigration process. The chapel took place on Wednesday, where Flores spoke about a family’s experience with the United States’ immigration process.

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Top: Sophomore Joshua Gomez and senior Donaldo Lleshi welcome guests to the LSA banquet. The pair hosted the event together.

Bottom: Junior Elizabeth Miller and senior Collin Longnecker talk over a chips and salsa appetizer. After that, LSA served pupusas from El Milagro and rice, beans, yuca, and chicken from Pollo A La Brasa.

October 3, 2019


NEWS & FEATURE T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Mostly Mennonite, Mostly A Cappella (MMMAC) is a radio station with 3,000 listeners. Hosted by former EMU professor John Horst, it airs on 91.7 FM on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays evenings. A cappella is a genre of music where the only instrument used is the human voice. Traditionally Mennonite music is often comprised of mostly four part harmony. The station combines these elements in the song selections. Horst is a former Physics and Mathematics Professor at EMU. His love for music was fostered by singing bass in the Mennonite Hour Quartet. “I first started the program in the summer of 2004 after I retired from EMU,” Horst said. “[It started from] Phil Easley or students playing about 10 CDs over and over again.” The main

reason Horst put MMMAC together was because he “enjoys listening to it.” Until 2007, the broadcast ran unhindered. Then it was shut down for a while before being picked back up by W. (James) Madison Radio Associates. In 2009, Horst “refurbished the whole cycle.” “There’s no need to do that again,” he said with a chuckle. John has stated that he spends about “eight to ten hours of [his] time per show.” Now with about 100 pre-recorded programs being cycled through, he adds a program every four or five weeks. In preparation, Horst spent a lot of time just listening to music CDs. The remainder of his time is spent making a script that is about 700 to 800 words long. His programs are divided into separate categories: Easter, Christmas, Christmas in July, the most recent program he has added. He has 80 programs that he calls Evergreens, which are what one would likely hear on any given

Sunday morning throughout the year. Steve Yoder, the coordinator of Academic Access at EMU, listens to MMMAC. “When I get into my truck to drive to church on Sunday mornings, that’s what’s on,” Yoder said. “I often listen to NPR, but

Kate Szambecki, Co-Editor in Chief

Between paella, samosas, street tacos, shopping, music, dancing, and even spicy mangos on a stick, this year’s Harrisonburg International Festival offered cultural experiences from all around the world. The 22nd annual festival was on Sept. 28 with events woven through the streets of downtown Harrisonburg. Vendors set up their food trucks and booths, selling foods and goods from a variety of cultures. Falafel King, Paella Perfecta, Ubon Thai, and Taj of India were among the 17 total food options available. 25 artisan vendors sold handmade goods, including artwork from Guatemala, Kenya, Pakistan, Bolivia, and Tibet. The festival also offered

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“Brownies and applesauce.” -Kayla Sauder, junior

not unfamiliar with Mennonite or A Capella music. “I listen to this kind of music all the time,” Kilmer said. She now enjoys MMAC. Catch MMMAC on the radio, channel 91.7 FM from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Oct. 4 & 5 FREE ADMISSION! Rockingham County Fairgrounds

Fri., Oct. 4, 4–9 pm

Sat., Oct. 5, 7 am–3 pm

4–8:30 pm Baked goods & booths open 4:30–6:30 pm BBQ beef dinner & music 7–9 pm Live & Silent Auction

7–10:30 am Breakfast & Marketplace 8:30 am: 5k Run/Walk 9:30 am: Live Auction continues 11 am–1:30 pm BBQ chicken, fried fish, & more

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES DIVERSITY entertainment throughout the day ranging from dance performances to a drum circle. “It seemed like there was a lot more variety than last year,” sophomore Isaac Andreas said. Andreas said he wished there was a sampler of all the foods since it could get pretty expensive for college students. However, seeing them still evoked nostalgia. “Seeing the Central American foods reminded me a lot of Guatemala and Mexico—that was kinda cool. It smelled really good.” While he appreciated the food, Andreas “only really saw cultures expressed through food, which is a little one-sided.” He wanted more cultural elements present. Junior Natalie Stolzfus shared a similar sentiment, saying she wished there were more events people could participate in rather than just food and other vendors. Stolzfus

on Sunday mornings I switch to 91.7, Mostly Mennonite, Mostly A Cappella.” “About the only time I listen to that music is Sunday morning,” Yoder said. First-year Madilyn Kilmer is new to the area. However, she is

has attended the festival before and said that she appreciated the social aspect of it. “I interacted [with other people] more this year,” Stolzfus said. “I like the variety—how it pulls a lot of different people to it.” The festival is widely attended by EMU students and is a highlight of the semester for some. “It’s definitely one of my favorite things about Harrisonburg,” senior Lindsey Acker said. “I love seeing the city turn out to celebrate each other.” She said that the festival seemed bigger this year. “[It’s] definitely a little overwhelming, but in the best possible way. I finally convinced my parents to come down for it next year.” The festival happens every fall, and information can be found on Harrisonburg International Festival’s website,

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SGA Updates After approving a constitutional amendment from PreProfessional Health Society (PPHS), SGA got to work going through funding requests and approved our first one for the year, which was from the Rotaract Club. Any club can submit funding requests through filling out a form found on the SGA website under the finance section. SGA also spent time nailing down details for spirit week which is will be the week leading up to homecoming, so be on the lookout for more information from Tyler Goss for various activities and themes for each day of the week. Every Wednesday SGA closes its meeting with an open floor where people can share about events on campus or senators can share about various internal campus committees they are apart of. Today our own senator, senior Ariel Barbosa, shared about some exciting things CODI (Committee on Diversity and Inclusion) has in the works about how to make EMU more welcoming and supportive of both AHANA and LGBTQ+ students. Be sure to ask her for more details. Speaking of talking to senators, every member of SGA will now be holding office hours where you can stop by and give ideas or share concerns. Office hours will be held in both the Royal’s Den and Common Grounds every weekday starting Thursday, Oct. 3. SGA members will have a sign with them letting you know who they are, so be sure to stop by. -Anisa Leonard, junior

“What weird food combination do you enjoy?”

“Spaghetti tacos.” -Raychel Rapier, junior

“Mustard on pickles.” -Aden Weybright, first-year

“Hot chocolate with cheese.” -Samuel Soste, firstyear

October 3, 2019


REVIEW T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Last Friday, the James Madison University Forbes Center for the Performing Arts put on “Everybody,” a play about life, death, God, and whatever else for which we lack comprehension. Upon entry, the theater was brightly lit, with lighting on all sides of both the audience members and the stage. A purple curtain was our point of focus up until the play began. The play was made interesting by the way that the lights shifted to add to the effect. As a member of the audience, I felt included in the story because many actors sat with us without us knowing that they were in on it. The lights turned back on the audience as the actors spoke to “death,” and at first, I was unsure if they were actors or just random members of the audience with me. They all spoke in unison after being called out, so that eventually gave away their place within the show. The lights focused in on the stage during much of the play, but whenever they would turn the lights on around us again, I was terrified of being called out. The actors did such a great job of being in the audience. I

could not tell if they were in the play until they spoke. By shifting the lights in and out of focus, my attention was captured, and I longed to know what would happen next. When the lights panned back to us, I felt more included in the action. With that inclusion, I also experienced the same anxiety as the characters about being called out by “death” and “love” and other characters portraying personified versions of emotions and concepts we all try to understand. The use of that lighting aided the flow of the overall production. When the story seemed to slow down and I started to zone out, the lighting would change and capture my attention all over again. The set design worked alongside the lighting because it changed slightly but with such purpose that it demanded one’s attention. As mentioned before, the actors played with the audience quite a bit. In doing so, the whole theater became part of the set. With the title being “Everybody,” the set was perfect. The most interesting and confusing aspect of the set was what went on stage. Piles of doors that stretched all the way from floor to ceiling seemed to be flowing from the sky.

Some of these doors were functional, and the actors moved in and over by using them, while others stayed shut despite the desperate pushes and pulls from the actors. In a play about life and death and how one leads to the other, the doors seemed symbolic of the many options we all have in life. Open one door and the options of the other doors are no longer there. Some choices are much more definite, while others just lead to more doors to choose from. Darkness was used almost as its own set. The lights would go out, and as we wondered what was going on, voices would appear in the dark. Listening without the distraction of sights was a powerful tool used. Without being able to see the speakers, we had to listen carefully for anything said. The tone and the words were all we had to determine what the speaker meant. We could not judge based on body language because it was unseen. Similar to the lights, the set was used to capture and maintain our attention. Each part was unusual enough to capture attention on its own, but by switching between three locations, the set prevented any sort of boredom.

surprise, it had finally happened; the restaurant was open. Inside, it was empty save for a host and the dreamy sound of Anderson Paak’s voice over the speaker system. I opted for dine-in over carry-out and was allowed to select whichever table I liked. Each was a work of art, wood and smooth stones covered with resin to create a riverside effect. On top of each table was a single sunflower in a clear vase and a silver pair of chopsticks beside a fork, laid together atop a napkin. Mismatched plant stands housing succulents and cacti lined the window sills, and off-white Venetian blinds diluted the evening sun which shone softly into the establishment. Though it may seem tempting to come for the soft, minimalist decor alone, it’s the stellar Korean BBQ which gives Mashita its reputation and its name, meaning “delicious.” Though the restaurant offers unique entrees, like the Korean/ American fusion fried chicken sandwich, or the Korean/Mexican fusion burrito, and intriguing appetizers like the kimchi french fries,

I kept my order simple, opting for a steamed bun combo. The combo came with a side and two steamed buns; I selected fries for my side (not feeling overly adventurous) and shiitake mushrooms and pork belly (a $3 upcharge for the belly) as the proteins to fill each bun. My order was up before I needed a refill on my drink. The two buns rested beside a pile of golden crinkle cut fries. Micro greens graced the pork belly; the sauteed shiitakes stood alone in their pillowy bun. I was presented with my dish an assortment of house sauces to choose from and a bottle of ketchup as well. After testing each sauce individually on my fries, I decided my best bet was to drizzle a little of each, save for the ketchup, over the proteins. The pork belly was juicy, not greasy, and melt-in-your-mouth with a slightly crispy outer skin. The microgreens served only as a garnish but did make me feel a little better about all the fat between those wheat buns I was eating. The juicy, earthy flavor of the shiitake mushrooms on my second steamed bun is the only

was named as such. Otherwise, I would have spent more attention on the predictability of its conclusion and less on the rest of the story. This way, the movie directs our curiosity away from a simple knowledge of what happens and towards the journey that leads there. That journey begins with a 28-year-old Brittany (Jillian Bell) being told by her doctor that overweightness is threatening her well-being. The warning works, and Brittany starts making a real effort to shift away from her undriven,

hard-partying lifestyle, working up the courage to start running amongst New York City’s sidewalks. “Just one block”, she says to herself as she attempts her first small goal. It is not hard to see where this is going. The comedy drama does not win many points for interesting plot development, but it is not trying to. The character of Brittany is what really shines through her outer wit as well as her inner conflict. A large audience should be able to find different relatable attributes in her. The issues explored include

The best and most impressive aspect of “Everybody” was the cast. Not only were all of the characters abstract and difficult to wrap one’s head around to begin with, but five characters memorized the entire script in the hope of always putting on a unique show. Gemme Dobbs, Noah Heie, Cidalia Santos, Gwyneth Strope, and Lacey Ray Zeller are all listed in the program as playing “Everybody or one of the 4 Somebodies,” because each of them memorized the entire script for this production. Each night of the production, they draw a card that determines who they will be for the night. The characters they can be include Everybody, Friendship, Kinship, Cousin, and Stuff. Each character is unique and represents its name. Because of this interesting twist, I spent much of my time trying to determine what the play would be like if the characters had drawn differently. I’m tempted to go see it again just to find out. It was hard to imagine the play being any different because each character seemed perfect for the role they chose, but they are able to play every part because they were cast to begin with. Knowing that they can

each play all of these characters was weird, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the play being any different than the production I saw. These gifted actors can play five different roles well enough to get the parts. In addition, they can all speak in unison. It was amazing to watch because I had never seen five different people speak together before. It wasn’t just that they could all speak together. They also knew how to blend into the audience so well. It was shocking when “Death” was walking around the theater looking for victims, and I thought the selection was random because of how normal and surprised the actors seemed. They looked like everyone else in the theater, and their reactions of shock fit the rest of us, as well. The actress who ended up playing “Everybody” for my viewing seemed the most shocked and annoyed. I was surprised when they all started talking together. If they had not spoken in unison, I would not have believed they were in the play. This cast of characters, along with the set and light switch-ups, kept me on the edge of my seat and interested throughout the performance.


Amanda Hergenrather, Staff Writer

On the first of October, the food truck awarded Best In The Valley for four out of the last five years, Mashita, opened a long anticipated permanent location in downtown Harrisonburg. While the food truck still operates for catering, the restaurant now serves as yet another opportunity to explore the rich, culinary diversity we have here in the Friendly City. For a majority of the summer, Mashita was still operating out of the food truck, which was parked in front of its soon-to-be home in the space beside Horizon gift shop on the corner of N. Liberty St. As stated on the establishment’s website, the transition from food truck to real-deal restaurant took longer than anticipated to pull off, and no official opening date was predicted, though they had hoped for late August. As I approached Mashita, I expected a quick experience ordering from their truck, as I had done once before while attending an event they had catered to. To my delight and

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Mashita offers a variety of Korean barbeque dishes, including the steamed buns with pork belly pictured above.

taste I can imagine as even closely comparable to the sumptuousness of the pork belly. I resigned myself to sauce covered hands and lips as I took bites of each bun, going back and forth between meat and mushroom, incapable of saving the best for last like I normally would, as each was


a selection of insecurity, jealousy, feeling of stagnation, fear of failure, desire for belonging, fixation with personal image, and more. While perseverance is a vital theme, it becomes clear that this film is about so much more than just the will to exercise. It really triumphs in calling attention to the importance of finding and accepting the support that we need. One of Brittany’s greatest struggles and perhaps the most identifiable of them all is that she often mistakes her friends’ kindness

for pity. Rather than let them help her, she initially pushes away those who reach out. It is only through a powerful dialogue scene with her brother-in-law (Lil Rel Howery) that she comes to realize that her pride is both irrational and selfdestructive and that letting people in is the cure. With a solid message, an effective protagonist, and an entertaining narrative, “Brittany Runs a Marathon” should not disappoint those who are looking for a feel-good and motivating film.

Mashita offers carryout as well as dine-in and catering, and their menu has gluten free as well as vegetarian and vegan options; wherever and however you like to enjoy Korean BBQ, Mashita has delicious options for you.


Silas Clymer, Co-Editor in Chief

I enjoyed “Brittany Runs a Marathon” more than I thought I would. It falls into a class of stories that make no effort to save the reveal of the ending for later; in this case, the title itself tells us. As someone who tends to bitterly loathe spoilers, this could not help but lower my faith in the film’s creative virtues from the beginning. However, now that I have seen the entire thing, I am glad that it

October 3, 2019


SPORTS T h e We a t h e r Va n e


EMU’s women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to the nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins on Wednesday. Ninety minutes of robust defense in 90º heat ultimately did not pay off for the Royals as the Marlins controlled the midfield and the possession battle throughout each half. Senior goalkeeper Leah Wenger’s 13 saves contributed to a thrilling defensive contest. “[Virginia Wesleyan] came out with a lot of energy and a lot of aggression,” Wenger said after the game. “They’re a top-25 team in the NCAA. We knew that this would be a tough game coming into it. We knew we’d be defending a lot.” Virginia Wesleyan rank 21st nation-wide among D-III women’s soccer teams. Last season, they reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. “We played outstanding,” said EMU Head Coach Ted Erickson. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how

we played.” A 10-to-1 shot advantage for the Marlins through the first 45 minutes included two shots off the woodwork within minutes of each other. The first was a low-lying shot from yards out that deflected off the right post; on the second, a volleyed shot from a cross rattled the crossbar. Despite constant pressure from the Marlins, EMU’s defense stood strong, and the teams entered halftime scoreless. First-year defender Lindsey White kept the Marlins’ speedy right winger in check. The second half began with a scare for the Royals; a cross came into the box, deflected off an EMU defender toward goal and forced Wenger to readjust to prevent an own-goal. She made 11 of her 13 saves in the second half, including an incredible 1-on-1 save in the game’s final minutes. EMU’s best chance came from first-year midfielder Samm Livermore in the 62nd minute. Livermore lofted a shot from outside the right corner of the 18-yard box,

saved by both the cross bar and the fingertips of Virginia Wesleyan’s goalkeeper in the upper-right corner of the goal. The Marlins scored the game’s only goal in the 66th minute. A lowlying cross from the right side was received in the box by the Marlins’ Mia Meinhardt, who knocked it to the left, out of Wenger’s reach. Wenger, within minutes of the game’s final whistle, was already thinking about Saturday’s game at Randolph. “After this game, now we focus on Saturday,” she said. “We went through a lot of legs today, and now it’s just about recovering and getting ready for Saturday.” Coach Erickson praised offense and defense alike for the team’s success so far this season and spoke highly of the team’s mindset. “Our goalkeeping has been outstanding...and the attack, this year compared to last year, our players are playing with more confidence and taking defenders on, so that’s been big for us,” he said. “It’s just been the overall buy-in

by the team wanting to succeed and having the right pieces to be able to do that. Moving forward, it’s gonna be a grind with the ODAC and the competition because it’s one of the strongest conferences in the nation.” The 7-2 Royals head to

Randolph on Saturday. From there, the team will have a week-long break before their EMU Homecoming Weekend & Senior Recognition Game against Lynchburg at 4 p.m. on the turf field.

field.” Oakes spent much of his athletic career as a central midfielder. This season, EMU’s coaching staff has been playing him in a wide attacking role. “He is good at getting on the end of a cross and is composed around the goal,” Coach Roger

Mast said. “This adjustment fits his strengths the most.” After returning from an earlyseason injury, Oakes earned points in three straight games. Starting with an assist in the Rowdy Royals home game against Messiah College, he then added goals in back-to-back road games. He picked up the tenth

goal of his career against Lebanon Valley with six of them also being game-winning goals. “While some of the stuff I’ve done on the field is fun to reminisce on,” Oakes commented, “the memories that have been most impactful for me are the relationships I’ve made with people

on the team.” EMU is now 5-5 as they look ahead to ODAC competition. “Caleb has the ability to attack and score goals,” Coach Mast said. “Some of his greatest strengths are his pace and athleticism. He is a handful for defenders to deal with. I look forward to seeing Caleb make an impact on our upcoming ODAC opponents.” “Being on the men’s soccer team has helped me in multiple ways,” Oakes explained. “It has taught me a greater meaning of commitment, dedication, and humility, and has made me into a more complete and mature person. All these characteristics will help me succeed in life outside of college.” Following graduation, Oakes plans to attend graduate school and pursue his degree in Physical Therapy. His main goal is to become a physical therapist and help patients improve their overall quality of life. “I hope to help people with pain realize that it is not something that they have to live with or a reason that they have to sacrifice something they love.”

Jeremy Blain

Senior Emily Hostettler fights off a defender in EMU’s Sept. 22 match against Greensboro.


Bri Miller Contributing Writer

Recovering from an injury, EMU men’s soccer senior Caleb Oakes demonstrates a strong sense of perseverance and faith, continuing to cherish each moment in his final season. “I am thankful for the opportunities I [get to play],” he said. “I’ve always been injury prone, so at this point, it’s honestly something that I deal with and try not to dwell on too much.” In the four years Oakes has been a part of the team, the EMU men’s soccer program has shown significant growth. Off the field, Oakes assists in facilitating the team Bible study and helps lead studentathletes in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “Not only has soccer helped me mature more as a player but also as a human being,” Oakes said, “Looking back, I believe the men’s soccer program here has stayed consistent in its purpose of developing players on and off the

Adam Moyer Sports Editor

Cross Country Sophomore Isaac Alderfer led EMU’s cross country men in a 6K last week, running a 19:52.9 and landing 9th place among 193 runners. First-year Clay Kaufman was EMU’s second fastest, finishing 19th with a time of 20:20.7. Next was junior Justice Allen in 41st place with a 20:55.6. The cross country women ran a 5K at the same competition. Of 143 runners, junior Elizabeth Miller finished 20th with a time of 21:06.7. Behind her were senior

Allison Shelly


Megan Good (29th, 21:26.6), senior Elizabeth Nisly (36th, 21:43.9) and sophomore Allison Shelly (37th, 21:45.5).

Women’s Golf For the second time this season, senior Olyvia Longacre placed third at a tournament. The first was Sept. 14 in a competition against 44 others, where Longacre shot a 79 (+7). Her most recent was a two-day tournament at the RMC Fall Invitational in Ashland, VA against 33 other golfers. She shot an 85 each round, ending with at +28. Her next competition is on Oct. 19 in Front Royal.

Field Hockey Propelled by three assists from junior Lauren Hartzler, EMU field hockey dominated Sweet Briar on the turf field Tuesday night, 5-0. Goals from sophomore Rachel Breslin, junior Bri Miller. and first-year Cassie Sumpolec made it 3-0 in the first half. Sophomore Skylar Hedgepeth added two in the third quarter. The victory puts field hockey back on track with a 4-5 record. Volleyball After starting the season 7-2, the women’s volleybal team has been on a downhill skid, facing tougher opponents in recent

weeks. Their last three matches have been 3-0 losses against Randolph-Macon, Lynchburg and Roanoke. Their record sits at 8-7. The team plays at home Saturday for Senior Recognition day against Shenandoah. Men’s Soccer Three wins in their last four games have raised the men’s record to 5-6. Last week, the Royals beat their rival Bridgewater on the road in a suspenseful 2-1 overtime match. Sophomore Troy Davis hit the overtime winner. Wednesday night, the men lost 4-1 at home to Roanoke.

Jeremy Blain

Sophomore Andrew Livioco shows off his jumps at Saturday’s sand volleyball intramural tournament.

October 3, 2019


OPINION T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Kate Szambecki, Co-Editor in Chief

I recently started another job at an after school program in Harrisonburg. The other day at work someone made a casual joke about a police officer coming into the school. One of the students (we’ll call him Dylan), a typically cheerful and rowdy middle school boy, had been joking around, but the second he heard that, his eyes went cold. My co-teacher noticed the switch and said something obligatory like, “They’re just here to keep us safe,” and that set Dylan off. “Not us,” he said, and pushed

his papers off the table and put his head down. I knew what he was referring to—racial profiling from police is a constant in the media right now, and Dylan is black. Being from a rural Kansas town, I’ve seen this happen up close. The number of times my best friend in high school was racially profiled is embarrassing. Once, she got boxed in and then pulled over by three cop cars; the cops then threatened to search her car because she forgot her license. The cop said he pulled her over for a plate light out. When she got home, it was on. My brother is a police officer. I love and look up to him. I think he is good at his job, and in his words, “Those are the dumb cops. I’m not dumb.” Although I have a lot of questions about how law enforcement conduct themselves, I believe in the work he does. These are just two lenses that I see life through. They both shape each experience I have, and reconciling them is sometimes a challenge. This issue is not clean cut for me. Views of law enforcement are also

extremely charged. Most people’s experiences with them are either extremely positive or negative. This brings me to two weekends ago, when I started training for this new job. The after school program brings in kids from a variety of different backgrounds, often fairly lowincome or difficult ones, and from many different cultures. We are responsible for knowing how to understand these kids and where they come from or at least to try as best we can. This particular training was led by JMU Education Associate Professor Ruth Bosch, and we spent two hours with her, talking about something called cultural competency. It was something I’d often thought about but never had a name for—the ability to understand that people are coming into every experience shaped by their previous experiences. Everyone is conditioned differently because of their race, upbringing, and memories. She shared her personal experience, being from Puerto Rico and also being an educator, two lenses that colored

a lot of her experiences. This idea seems like a nobrainer, but it’s easy to sweep under the rug. In the case of my job, it’s easy, especially with kids, to think nasty words or fistfights are out of spite, but everyone has a reason for everything, and it’s not often what we think it is. EMU often preaches the value of diversity. I think it’s important for students to remember that it’s one thing to simply interact with people of different backgrounds. It is another to challenge yourself to understand why they do the things they do, especially when those things don’t line up with your norm. This is something that I’ve heard often and is not particularly controversial, but it is always worth talking about more and putting into practice more. It’s hard. It’s easy to take a comment personally or to assume that a child doesn’t understand because they aren’t speaking in class. The latter is something I have assumed many times, but I recently learned from my

coworker that in her culture, it is considered right, if you know the answers, to step back and let the younger class members speak up so they can practice. This is only one example. This summer while working at Camp Friedenswald, I had a camper who kept wandering off, sending my co-counselor and I into a panic, and it always ended with a serious talk. She was always apologetic, which made it that much more confusing. We came to find out she is on the autism spectrum. I felt like such an idiot— as the daughter of a Special Education teacher, I felt like I should have known better. I hadn’t even considered that she might be doing it for any reason other than to just be a nuisance or get attention. But every person has reasons for their actions, just like everyone has reasons for their preconceptions. It’s easy to take the automatic response. We can’t understand every action, but we can always try to understand the reason behind it, and we can always be a little more compassionate.

to degree requirements. This is why EMU should stop offering these early morning classes. No one should be forced to attend a class while half-awake. When I began discussing this with others, I expected a large group of sleep-deprived students rallying behind me. I definitely got that, but what I did not expect was the much smaller, more energetic group of people who enjoy having 8 a.m. classes. It was completely dumbfounding. As I began to dig, I discovered that they felt they got more done when they woke up earlier. I would argue that the opposite is true for most students. Sitting in my morning classes, trying to stay awake, I always notice my peers doing the

same. I honestly could not tell you what happened in my 8 a.m. today. Even when students are awake in morning classes, they don’t get as much information from the course as they would if it was later in the day. When our minds are not alert enough to engage, the material goes in one ear and out the other. It could be argued that college students stay up way too late at night, and that is the reason for their drowsiness in class. While this may be the case for some of my peers, the vast majority of them, in my experience, get to bed by midnight, giving them approximately seven hours of sleep. For the students that do stay up too late, college creates an environment where staying up late is easy to do.

Being surrounded by peers and constantly bombarded with new events, staying up late becomes unavoidable, especially when attempting to tackle homework, as well. Having less social events is not the answer; socialization is crucial to the mental health of students and the overall college experience. Because no one would show up to Family Feud and Fondue at 7 a.m., minimizing the amount of required 8 a.m. classes must be our course of action. Lack of attentiveness is not the only reason for eliminating 8 a.m. classes. After my morning class, I often find myself back in my bed, too drained to work on homework. This isn’t because I’m a perpetually sleepy person; it is because my body and mind were forced to wake up before being

ready. After my post-class nap, I’m ready for lunch and my next class. My homework and other responsibilities get pushed to the afternoon and evening. Some students are cursed with having an 8 a.m. class followed by one or more additional morning classes. The easiest thing to do in this situation is to skip breakfast —another contribution to the lethargy of many students caused by 8 a.m. classes. There is a reason for the synchronized groan from students when an 8 a.m. class is mentioned; 8 a.m.s are tiring and more difficult, negatively affecting the whole day. When considering all the problems that arise because of morning classes, EMU should abolish them for the health of its students.

conservation of nature should not be a polarized issue within the political field but rather one of the few issues that we as human beings should stand united on. Whether or not you agree with the vast majority of climate scientists that are telling us that the temperature is rising due to human actions, you cannot convince me that human beings are not harming nature through our lifestyle choices. Humanity may not be causing the global increase in temperature, although I whole-heartedly believe we are. However, it is irrefutable that we are causing extensive damage to ecosystems around the world through our disregard for the delicate balance of life. I am not a religious person,

so understand my following comments as you will, but in light of conversations in my liberation theology course, I would like to address this issue from a biblical perspective. There are two possible roles of humanity in relation to nature outlined within scripture: conservationist or apathetic opportunist. Conservationists are self-explanatory in that the interpretation of creation with humans at the top of the hierarchy makes us the logical caretakers for all of God’s creation. Apathetic opportunist is my descriptor for the mindset that being the chief of God’s creatures means that humans may do as they please with any and all of creation. In light of the stories of

the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem at either end of the Bible, it is clear to me that we are meant to be caretakers. Humanity began in a utopia; however, given that they had known nothing else, Adam and Eve did not recognize it as such, leading to the Fall. I believe the Fall was necessary for humans to fully understand the significance of the life that God wishes us to lead. God seems to wish for Earth to be a utopia, as shown by the descent of New Jerusalem rather than humanity ascending to it. By including these stories at either end of the Bible, we are given a glimpse of the utopia that once was and that God promises can and will exist again.

I believe it is a misinterpretation to believe that humanity will have no role in creating this eventual paradise; rather, we are shown what it is meant to look like, and it is our responsibility to make it so. I do not wish to overstep my bounds in this blunt interpretation of the Bible or my vain assumption of knowing the wishes of God. These are simply my observations in reading scripture. We are meant to preserve the beauty of creation, and whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, black, white, brown, or blue, we must realize that if we continue to be apathetic, there will be nothing left for us to bask in the glory of.


Jessica Chisolm, Canvas Editor

As someone who has an 8 a.m. class every day, I can confidently say that they should not exist. We are in college and, for the most part, get to choose our schedule. That being said, some 8 a.m.s are unavoidable due


Thoreau Zehr, Staff Writer

Amidst the mountain of comments surrounding Greta Thunberg in the past weeks, a surprising number spoke of the “left’s socialist agenda.” This does not sit well with me, as the

October 3, 2019


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Rachael Brenneman, Opinion Editor

Continued from page 1

Were all of us killing the wilderness of Dolly Sods? In 1964, Congress passed the aptly named Wilderness Act which defined Wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor and does not remain.” Does this wilderness exist? It doesn’t. An area on Earth untouched

by humans does not exist. In particular, the American wilderness is a carefully manicured image. The creation of set-asidewilderness in the form of National Parks and Forests followed hard on the heels of forcing Native Americans from their lands and onto reservations. Our own Shenandoah National Forest was created by evicting 500 families from their homes in the Blue Ridge mountains. These people groups still struggle due to the government and the public’s desire to create an area untouched by humans. Even our prairies can never be defined as “untrammeled” when they’re missing one of what should be their defining features—the bison. As it stands today, humans have methodically destroyed the bison enough to be functionally extinct in its own natural habitat. William Cronon, an environmental historian, considers there to be “nothing natural about

the concept of wilderness.” Yet we still love the wilderness and want it—or at least the concept of it. Historically, wilderness meant a lack of civilization—a lack of safety. Wilderness was to be feared, hated, and conquered by the powerful. This can even be seen in religious texts. In the Bible, the wilderness was meant to be feared; it was where the Israelites wandered for 40 years after coming out of Egypt. Jesus went into the wilderness and found the devil. The wilderness was the land of degenerates and criminals. The wilderness still means a lack of civilization, but now that is something good. The wilderness is a place of refuge from the rest of the world, a place that is safe. There are generally two ways to place value, and the wilderness has both: intrinsic and instrumental value. Intrinsic value is based on

the fact that wilderness has worth simply for what it is—it has value for being. The wilderness certainly has instrumental value. This means the land is valued for what it can give us, whether that be economic or aesthetic. Aldo Leopold, the father of conservation, said that wilderness reveals “what the land was, what it is, and what it ought to be.” Essentially, it shows conservationists how to conserve in a way that is accurate and helpful for the area. It provides models for current restoration. Beyond conservation reasons, the wilderness is, for some, “church”—a place to experience God, bringing meaning into lives and finding moral truths. Wilderness can also be a refuge for restoring mental health— a chance to be in a different environment. Roderick Nash, professor of environmental studies, suggests that wilderness can encourage

human diversity. He suggests that wilderness can give relief from the homogenization and control of human society: “Wilderness helps to preserve human dignity.” Wilderness gives much for those who seek it, and we love it. Hardly a day goes by on EMU campus where I don’t see a sticker or other merchandise proudly proclaiming, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Wilderness, as most define it, doesn’t exist. Many people deeply value the closest we can get to that ideal, but are we loving it to death? We might be. If wilderness continues to be something that must exist without humans, then we will always be loving it to death. Even Congress’ definition is only functional if humans and wilderness don’t interact together. If wilderness can stop being something we go to, perhaps we can interact with it without killing it.

developing countries’ need for a cheap energy source in order to grow and develop—they are just beginning to boom in carbon energy usage. If we can provide them and the rest of the world with an alternative energy source, they will be able to hurdle over the carbon age completely—straight to a cleaner age. That brings us to the most important question: how would this be done? Primarily, what we need is a colossal push for research and development of new technologies. Large sums of money must be appropriated to developing better clean energy sources. It is not feasible to reverse the effects of climate change with current technology, but as soon as a clean energy source becomes cheaper than carbon-based energy, our future will take a sharp turn for the better. Any plan without public support is not practical, but when we achieve cheap, clean energy on a large scale, countries

around the globe will be fighting for it. No longer will there be a need to convince the world to use cleaner energy; it will happen on its own. Unlike so many of the plans proposed, this one is actually practical. We have seen this happen in the past. Tesla didn’t become popular because it is an electric car. Tesla became popular because it is a better car. When we make clean energy, better energy, that is when the change will happen. What we need more than ever is the Tesla of energy. Granted, this is a very large scale project, and the impact that EMU could make would most likely be minimal, but this is what EMU can do to be most helpful. We can promote these ideas for a solution, and supply students with the tools needed to take on this adversary. The biggest impact that EMU can have is empowering students leaving here with the ability to contribute to these advancements. If EMU does have any money

to spare, it should be put towards the research and development that could present solutions and not towards projects that will make a minuscule impact. Administration should be putting money where it counts. Overall, the CAP would only cost EMU a great deal financially,

straining it further in a time that the university cannot support that cost. The CAP stated that it “will require continued reevaluation and re-invention over the decades to come as science continues to learn,” and right now is a time that re-invention is necessary.


Seth Andreas, Copy Editor

As it is currently structured, the 2035 Climate Action Plan (CAP) does nothing but put a band-aid over a gaping wound to calm our collective conscience. If the CAP is aiming to maximize its impact on the problem, it is using resources in the wrong places. However, that isn’t to say that EMU should do nothing to contribute a solution to the looming threat of Climate Change. Small, personal changes in favor of the environment, like the ones proposed in the CAP, can make one feel better, but they don’t make enough of an impact. Even if every university in the United States went “climate neutral” by 2035, as proposed, it wouldn’t put a dent in the climate problem. Trying to solve a global issue with a local solution will not be successful. Only large scale action will have an effect on our future. Let’s take a look at the big picture for a moment. If the entirety of the United States went carbon neutral by 2050, a very ambitious goal, even that would not be enough to fix the climate problem. The United States generates only 15% of the world’s carbon dioxide. Another important aspect is

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These photos are from the first weeks of the Europe cross cultural. Students are living in Vienna, settling in with their host families and taking German classes. So far, they have visited churches and museums, gone on hikes, and watched several theatrical performances. Photos by sophomore Kate Stutzman.

Left to right: Senior Elliot Bowen, sophomores Andrew Schunn, Emma Cordell, Garrett Cash, and Kate Stutzman, senior Yoel Bobadilla, and sophomores Ike Esh and Isaac Longacre.

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